James, My Grandfather was Thomas Jefferson Baird (or Beard). He died at age 94 in Montgomery County, TN. He was born around 1853 but I have no idea where.My mother was born in Truman, Arkansas in 1908, and my grandmother was Hixie Sanders (or Saunders). My grandfather told tales of fighting Indians out west. Any possible connection to your Beard line? My Thomas J. a brother to your John H.??